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Installing a SSD Drive into my computer

I am thinking of buying a SSD drive for my current computer. I have a 2TB HDD and I want to buy a 120GB SSD so I can put just my OS and maybe some games on it. I am thinking of the best way to approach this and I was wondering if this would work. I would unplug my 2TB HDD and plug in only my SSD. Then I would install a fresh copy of windows 10 on it and then I would plug my 2TB HDD back into my computer. With that setup, would my computer be exactly the same but now I have windows 10 on a SSD? Also would I be able to access my current games from the HDD such as League of Legends?
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  1. No, it won't be "exactly the same". You have a whole new OS.
    You have to reinstall all your applications. Steam games are probably no problem, but all others, reinstall.
  2. Depends on game too, MMOs usually work even if you move them.
    Whatever game or 2 you put on SSD, make sure it's one you play often or with long plentiful loading screens. Most beneficial for SSDs.
    You might wanna look into symbolic links too.
  3. mamasan2000 said:
    Depends on game too, MMOs usually work even if you move them.
    Whatever game or 2 you put on SSD, make sure it's one you play often or with long plentiful loading screens. Most beneficial for SSDs.
    You might wanna look into symbolic links too.


    symlinks are mostly useless nowadays.
    Steam, Windows, and just about every application lets you put stuff on whichever drive you want.
  4. USAFRet said:
    No, it won't be "exactly the same". You have a whole new OS.
    You have to reinstall all your applications. Steam games are probably no problem, but all others, reinstall.


    Hey thanks for the reply. By plugging in my HDD into my computer, shouldn't I be able to access the applications on the HDD while the OS is running on the SSD? Specifically, could I not run League of Legends off my HDD while my computer is running windows on the SSD?
  5. LiveDetermined said:
    USAFRet said:
    No, it won't be "exactly the same". You have a whole new OS.
    You have to reinstall all your applications. Steam games are probably no problem, but all others, reinstall.


    Hey thanks for the reply. By plugging in my HDD into my computer, shouldn't I be able to access the applications on the HDD while the OS is running on the SSD? Specifically, could I not run League of Legends off my HDD while my computer is running windows on the SSD?


    You will have a whole new OS. Unknown about that particular game, but most applications need to actually be reinstalled.
  6. USAFRet said:
    LiveDetermined said:
    USAFRet said:
    No, it won't be "exactly the same". You have a whole new OS.
    You have to reinstall all your applications. Steam games are probably no problem, but all others, reinstall.


    Hey thanks for the reply. By plugging in my HDD into my computer, shouldn't I be able to access the applications on the HDD while the OS is running on the SSD? Specifically, could I not run League of Legends off my HDD while my computer is running windows on the SSD?


    You will have a whole new OS. Unknown about that particular game, but most applications need to actually be reinstalled.


    This might be a dumb question, but would you reinstall the applications on the SDD or the HDD? I mainly just want the OS on the SSD and have most of my other applications on my HDD.
  7. What size SSD?
    You mention a 120GB. Current prices point to a 250GB being a better price v size.

    But anyway, applications do not really take up that much space. Up until recently, my OS drive was a 120GB Kingston. OS and ALL applications.
    Games, yes. They take up too much space.

    OS and most/all applications on the SSD. For a 120, don't let it go over 90GB used space. For a 250GB, not over 20GB used space.
  8. USAFRet said:
    What size SSD?
    You mention a 120GB. Current prices point to a 250GB being a better price v size.

    But anyway, applications do not really take up that much space. Up until recently, my OS drive was a 120GB Kingston. OS and ALL applications.
    Games, yes. They take up too much space.

    OS and most/all applications on the SSD. For a 120, don't let it go over 90GB used space. For a 250GB, not over 20GB used space.


    My current hard drive is using 714GB of space. If I were to install a fresh copy of windows 10 to my ssd, would I then be able to plug in my HDD as a secondary drive and be able to access content off the HDD? Or would I be forced to reformat the HDD and lose all the data on the HDD?
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    LiveDetermined said:
    USAFRet said:
    What size SSD?
    You mention a 120GB. Current prices point to a 250GB being a better price v size.

    But anyway, applications do not really take up that much space. Up until recently, my OS drive was a 120GB Kingston. OS and ALL applications.
    Games, yes. They take up too much space.

    OS and most/all applications on the SSD. For a 120, don't let it go over 90GB used space. For a 250GB, not over 20GB used space.


    My current hard drive is using 714GB of space. If I were to install a fresh copy of windows 10 to my ssd, would I then be able to plug in my HDD as a secondary drive and be able to access content off the HDD? Or would I be forced to reformat the HDD and lose all the data on the HDD?


    Content, as in music/video/docs...yes
    Applications, no. They need to be reinstalled.
  10. USAFRet said:
    mamasan2000 said:
    Depends on game too, MMOs usually work even if you move them.
    Whatever game or 2 you put on SSD, make sure it's one you play often or with long plentiful loading screens. Most beneficial for SSDs.
    You might wanna look into symbolic links too.


    symlinks are mostly useless nowadays.
    Steam, Windows, and just about every application lets you put stuff on whichever drive you want.


    Yes but that won't help after the fact (after I have installed the game(s)). I have tons of games installed on my 3 HDDs. But I can only fit 1 game on my SSD. So I handle that with symlinks. The game thinks its installed on the HDD while it really resides on my SSD. It's nifty.


    Theres no point in formatting the HDD. Just delete folders you no longer need if it comes to that.
    Like Program Files. I tend to copy and have a backup of My Docs, Programdata and Appdata. Saves a lot of time and a lot of settings so even if I re-install something, the program/game will have the familiar settings and savefiles.
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